• BREEAM 2011 Ecology – Increasing Biodiversity in the Urban Environment

    Posted On 4 Jun 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Posted In BREEAM/CfSH, Ecology


    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd has recently been involved in the redevelopment of a site in Islington. Tonkin Liu Ltd appointed Middlemarch to work as part of the consult team to develop six new office and retail units at the Old Street Yard site in Islington, London.

    The project consisted of a mix of demolition to facilitate new builds and also the refurbishment of a number of retained buildings.

    Middlemarch worked closely with Tonkin Liu Ltd and undertook the ecological surveys on sites, which included BREEAM 2011 Ecology Assessment, Initial Bat assessment and a bird risk assessment.

    The results of the surveys indicated that there would be no negative ecological impact due to the development.

    The new designs incorporated into the new and remaining buildings meant that our client had the potential to achieve 9 of the 10 ecology credits available. The new designs included a green roof and planting strategy. A green roof is typically a roof with plants growing on it. With urban development increasingly claiming areas of natural habitat, green roofs offer an opportunity to enhance biodiversity in an otherwise redundant space. The roofs are built up in layers on top of the existing roof structure with a growth substrate. Green walls are walls which are completely or partially covered by plants and foliage. Green walls can also be used to add biodiversity value and attractiveness to vertical space.

    Anna Kiu – Tonkin Liu LtdMiddlemarch Environmental Ltd was a great help on this project. The were able to advise on all ecology aspect, including how to achieve additional BREEAM ecology credits”

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